>>From the Cronkite studios in downtown Phoenix, this is “Cronkite News.”>>Thanks for joining us for this “Cronkite News” special. I’m Mitch Quesada. Education, sustainability, a few of the beat teams for the “Cronkite News” staff as we work to deliver news on specific topics of interest to Arizonans. Tonight stories from the legal and law enforcement beat. New technology to officers on the street, efforts to better protect our citizens.>>Providing schools with more funding usually isn’t the center of controversy. However, reporter Julia Thatcher found a new campaign that is turning into a big debate. Julia.>>This proposal would increase funds available for schools K-12 led to high opinions on both sides of the debate. It would use money raised from legalizing marijuana. Colorado, Seattle, Alaska, and now Arizona — to regulate marijuana like alcohol campaign is currently looking for signatures to put legalizing pot to a vote on the 2016 ballot.>>People like to use marijuana like they like to use a cocktail or a beer. This is the same reason that people use marijuana and they shouldn’t be made criminals for that.>>Taxes from legalizing marijuana, would put $40 million into the K-12 system. Department of Education doesn’t agree that the proposed campaign would make the grass on the other side greener for the school systems.>>Hypocritical to tell the — to fund the schools with money that comes from marijuana. Campaign is confident in their ability to gather enough signatures by the deadline and comparing the campaign to prohibition.>>Just as ridiculous as banning alcohol, if not more. This is the way to go. Legal market.>>Recreational marijuana use is legal in four states, it is not recognized by the Federal Government. Idea that the regulate marijuana campaign things is outdated.>>It is an antiquated thought of reefer madness.>>Proposal tackling issues –>>Need to make education funding a priority so that it is not reliant upon taxes on vices.>>They will be ready to share the ideas with the public in early October. Signatures to get that on the ballot are due July 1st, 2016. In the broadcast center, Julia Thatcher, “Cronkite News.”>>For Arizona law enforcement agencies have new grants to buy body cameras for their officers. Ivan Rodriguez talked to two of the departments about how this will impact their policing. Ivan.>>The departments in Arizona will share more than $1.3 million in federal grants, supporting body camera programs. Police departments I spoke with are eager to welcome this new addition.>>I think technology and being a progressive professional and a proactive thinking police department, it has been very essential for us to go in this direction.>>Salt river police department is taking the lion share of the money, but the police departments in Peoria, Phoenix, and Glendale, are also getting funds. The departments we talked to say cameras improve transparency.>>Now, community members or executive administration members can see incidents almost simultaneously or after they have occurred.>>Sergeant Vidaure of the Glendale police department said they currently have zero body cameras and this grant will contribute to outfitting all of the front line officers with exactly 300 cameras.>>300, we would be able to outfit all of the front line uniformed officers, first points of contact for the public.>>Sergeant Vidaure says that body cameras are nothing new to law enforcement, but simply a progression of technology in place in the in-car camera systems since 2010.>>Public expects the Glendale police department to have and operate at the highest level possible and we pride ourselves on doing that as best as we can and one is meeting the current technology of using body cameras.>>Patrick Melvin, salt river police department, incorporating body cameras into the department has been a long time coming. We might not see them out on the streets any time soon.>>In a perfect world, 12 months would be good. We have to do our policy implementation before we go live with the cameras. So, I think one year would be great. I think anything before that would be exceptional.>>The grant also covers a hardware and software needed to manage all of the data that is collected and will also allow the Glendale police department to pay for a full-time employee civilian who will be in charge of managing all of the data when it comes in. Ivan Rodriguez, “Cronkite News.”>>A valley teenager is working to make a difference in the lives of some of the most — Arizona’s most vulnerable young women. Genesis Monserrate joins us with a closer look at the effort to help victims of sex trafficking.>>17-year-old Emily Hartzler came up with the idea of helping those who are victims of sex trafficking, and now law enforcement is adopting her new idea.>>Emily Hartzler has a busy schedule between volleyball practice, school, girl scouts. For her girl scout project Emily wanted to help girls her age who are not free to live their lives.>>I want the victims to know that they’re loved. I want to give them the courage to break ties with their trafficker.>>She hopes the small gesture will help convince victims of sex trafficking to come forward and get help.>>I created Quillow care kits.>>Hygiene products, snacks, and hot line numbers all tucked inside a blanket.>>The care packages will be distributed by the Phoenix law enforcement association and DPS to girls, women, currently being trafficked on the streets –>>Works with a rehabilitation center — she shares her own painful experience as a sex trafficking survivor to help others.>>Hanging out with these older boys. I’m feeling smart. They are telling me all of this pretty stuff that is making me feel good. But it was just manipulation, just to take advantage of me.>>She wishes she had gotten a Quillow care package when she was a teenager on the streets.>>Congratulations –>>Law enforcement officers recently recognized this new effort to reach out to those who are vulnerable.>>With the Quillow program, it hopefully not that we want them to see themselves as a victim, but we want them to know that there is people out there that care about them. There is troopers out there that care about them. Law enforcement cares about them and that we want to help them.>>Emily developed the idea with street light USA, an Arizona based organization that helps combat sex trafficking. And the group estimates that 300,000 youngsters of sex trafficked each year. Live in the media center, Genesis Monserrate, “Cronkite News.”>>More than 48 hours since the city of Tempe distracted driver’s ordinance went to effect. “Cronkite News” reporter Ivan Rodriguez found out that police will be handing out warnings for the first 90 days.>>We want people to drive safely. The best way to drive safely is not even use your phone, not even use your electronic device. The way the ordinance is written right now, if you are at a stop light and look at the phone, there is no reason we can pull you over or cite you for that.>>The way you can get pulled over, weaving in and out of lanes or driving at a high speed. The law doesn’t ban texting and driving –>>In somebody hears the thing, illegal to text and drive this Tempe. That is not exactly what the law says. But if it starts to limit law-abiding citizen choices in a way that creates safety, I think that is great.>>Granville hopes between the next year to 18 months the effects that he anticipates seeing will begin to show themselves in accident reports. From Tempe Arizona, Ivan Rodriguez, “Cronkite News.”>>The state is still two and a half weeks away from hunting season, but some Arizonans have been jumping the gun. “Cronkite News” reporter Julia Thatcher has a sneak preview on the state’s plan to combat it.>>The mule deer foundation here in Phoenix just donated a mechanical deer to the game and fish department and hopes to stop hunters who may try to start the hunt early. Oh, deer, is this causing upset in the hunting community.>>Poachers are a cancer of the hunting community –>>In Arizona, game and fish reported citing more than 600 people in 2014 illegally attempted to shoot wildlife. In order to combat this, the mule deer foundation donated a mechanical mule deer to use as a decoy to catch poachers. Although game and fish has used similar decoys in the past, new technology makes the deer appear more life-like. The game and fish department regulates –>>People should know that they own that wildlife and that is being taken from them, just as if someone came in the back yard and snatched their dog.>>Flick of a tail, turn of the head, could be all that is needed to entice poachers. Once someone has taken a shot, officers stationed nearby will try to catch the offenders. If caught, poachers could see up to six months jail time and $750 fine. Those close to the cause think the penalties might not be enough.>>Thieves are thieves and that’s what these folks are. They need to spend time in jail. I think there should be confiscation of weapons, confiscation of their vehicles. I think they should go after where they live, too. I have no feelings of guilt to say that I would like to see them lose everything they have if they try to steal things from people.>>I asked the game and fish department when they plan to deploy the new decoy, but they say they don’t plan to tell anyone in hopes of catching poachers off guard. In the broadcast center, Julia Thatcher, “Cronkite News.”>>A new billboard unveiled today created by the regulate marijuana like alcohol campaign. “Cronkite News” reporter Erin Johnson attended the news conference. Using a Halloween theme to promote their proposition.>>The group says that the billboard satirizes reefer madness and designed to play off of their opponents’ fear. Large empty lot, corner of 7th street and Lincoln, new billboard displays a — marijuana, less toxic, less addictive, less scary than alcohol.>>I’m sure when they said that a herd of unicorns ran past.>>Initiative to end marijuana prohibition, launched the billboard to highlight what they call the relative safety of marijuana, compared to alcohol.>>It is time for us to start treating and regulating marijuana like it should be, rather than demonized as many of the prohibitionists would prefer.>>Prohibitionists like Maricopa county — say the message is not accurate.>>Regular use of alcohol, glass of alcoholic beverage, mixed drink, glass of wine each day, will not, will not cause the same types of harms as someone who smokes one joint with the average THC concentration we see today, everyday over the same time period.>>The campaign, however, feels that by regulating marijuana, it can create more good than it can harm.>>It is time to take this away from criminal drug cartels instead tax and regulate it and have a reasonable and rationale policy that addresses marijuana for what it actually is.>>The group has already gathered 100,000 signatures, but they require an additional 50,000 in order for marijuana legalization to be placed on the ballot by next July. The campaign stated that even though the advertisement had a Halloween feel to it, they do not believe that it is appealing to children. In the broadcast center, Erin Johnson, “Cronkite News.”>>>Arizona state trooper risked his life stopping a wrong-way truck driving northbound on a southbound side of I-17. And he did it with great personal sacrifice. Reporter Wafa Shahid spoke with him –>>Took initiative, lawful intervention, and lined up headlight to headlight and ran right into him on purpose.>>State troopers patrol the roads. Looking for hazards. Last August, trooper Jeremy Barr spotted a wrong-way driver northbound on the southbound I-17.>>He was impaired by alcohol. And at the hospital he was treated and released.>>BARR’s injuries were more serious. Hospitalized with fractured L-4 vertebrae and seven bulging disks.>>Still doing a lot of therapy and treatments and seeing doctors and that. It’s too far away to start looking at stuff. We’re just taking it one day at a time.>>Even though his hospital bills are covered by workmen’s comp, he still has a family to support. BARR’s best friend started a fund-raising campaign on giveforward.com.>>Just in four days, word of mouth, we have been able to raise $4,000. Hopefully with this, we can increase it and help his family even more.>>He’s my brother. He would do it for me. We are best friends. And I owe it to him and his family.>>BARR says wrong-way driving is a growing threat to people not only in Arizona, but also nationwide. Call 911 if you have witnessed any signs of wrong-way driving.>>>Fantasy Football has become a multibillion dollar industry. Yet the Arizona legislature still shot down a bill that could have made it legal. “Cronkite News” reporter Rebecca Winn found out why some think the online craze could benefit the state and why others still have concerns.>>Hard to turn on a TV — new twist to making money off sports has taken over America. Here in Arizona, football trend is actually illegal.>>The fact is that we as residents of Arizona are one of only five states where we can’t play fantasy sports for prizing. And I think that that needs to change. We need to catch up with the times. Look at what fantasy sports games really are.>>On the other hand, NFL and the fantasy site hosted by the SAP platform sees the popularity of fantasy football increasing nationwide.>>Fast forward two years from now, you will start to see real time information, even in-game, same-day, the capability to look at who should I pick? Who should I draft today?>>Increase of information that’s available, also an increase in problems. Both fan duel and draft kings have recently been accused of using insider information to bet on competitor’s web sites. That is one additional issue that Arizona may see with the regulation of online fantasy football.>>So much business is done on the internet and states are looking for a way one, to regulate it and, two, how can they benefit from it via tax or fees, that sort of thing. Here in Arizona, they haven’t quite figured that out. Secondly, I would imagine the sovereign nations, Indian nations are probably going to take a hard look at that. Is it going to affect their casino operations?>>And states connected to tribal lands like Arizona, –>>Fan duel and draft kings announce they are seeking third party reviews of the companies and have banned all employees from playing on other fantasy sites.>>>Arizona currently known as the Grand Canyon state. Could that be changing soon? Julia Thatcher took a look at a new plan proposed by governor Doug Ducey.>>Lots of ideas come to mind when people think of the Grand Canyon state. Some good, some bad, but a new rebranding campaign is looking to clean up and create a more positive image for Arizona.>>Temperatures higher than — this is the funny stuff.>>Building the great wall of Mexico. That’s funny.>>What happens in tent city, stays in tent city. Absolutely.>>Probably not the response that governor Doug Ducey thought he would get when he asked the public for slogan ideas for the new rebranding campaign. People shared the their slogans. The $250,000 plan aims to clean up the image for the Grand Canyon state.>>People have certain negative reservations buried deep in their psyche and they talk to people and get a sense of the popular opinions, those things are going to come out. They do need to be addressed.>>The Arizona commerce authority is spearheading the campaign. President and CEO Sandra Watson is hopeful that the new campaign will benefit the state. The question we had, why now?>>It is important that we begin to establish an identity for the state of Arizona. It is important that we don’t allow others to define who Arizona is.>>Currently there is no set timeline for the campaign, ACA hopes to announce a full brand guideline in late fall of this year.>>Future, it will allow us to establish a single-selling point for the state of Arizona, create a value proposition that we can communicate to the world.>>ACA said they would love to hear ideas or reasons why you love Arizona, and those can be submitted directly to them using #promoteAZ. Although at the end of the day, a new slogan and logo, ACA said they would look to find key elements in the state to focus on.>>Some of them missing only days, others gone for years. “Cronkite News” reporter Angie Schuster met with the missing and identified persons unit, and spoke with a woman trying to bring attention back to her sister’s cold case.>>Following Saturday’s missing in Arizona day, 22 new cases were reported, and one was even solved. This event helped people find new answers about their missing loved ones. There are many more out there who have been waiting years for a new lead.>>She was funny.>>Kimber Biggs, now 26, was just nine years old when her sister disappeared.>>I don’t remember a lot of it. She was riding my bike and I was walking our dog. And I got cold and tired of waiting for the ice cream truck that she thought she heard. So I went inside. And walked back to the house and she was out there for a minute or two by herself. And that — I mean, 90 seconds that I walked down to the house, opened the door and told my mom and walked back out to the street, you know, she was gone.>>Very sure that this is going to come to a quick and good end.>>Mikelle’s case didn’t have the ending her family hoped. It is now a cold case. She has been missing for almost 17 years.>>It really affected me because I felt like I missed out on my childhood. And in all honesty, I almost feel selfish for saying that because it is Mikelle that really missed out on it.>>It is worse than somebody dying in your family. When somebody dies, we have a process, ritual we go through as human beings to deal with that. These families were denied that.>>The family decided to lay Mikelle to rest on the 5th anniversary of her disappearance.>>I don’t know who took her, what happened to her, where her body is. I go visit her grave but I can’t go to her grave and feel like that she is there. I mean, it’s empty.>>Kimber and other families attended missing in Arizona day, hoping to make a break in the case.>>Right now it is just a matter of finding some things, certain tip or a certain fact that someone knows, but they need to come forward with for us to be able to move forward.>>The missing persons unit for Phoenix police, most missing person case — they plan to hold a second missing in Arizona day next year in hopes of helping more struggling families. Angie Schuster, “Cronkite News.”>>>5,952 juveniles were detained in 2014. The juvenile detention alternative initiative, JDAI, looks to find alternatives — they held a national conference in Phoenix this week.>>With the idea of reform on everyone’s mind, so is the thought of consequences that youth might face without some of these alternatives. Among those who shared their opinions and advocated for the program, adults who previously went through the court system as children but didn’t have the option of alternative confinement.>>If we don’t provide youth with the opportunities to be the leaders of tomorrow, we are continuously going to allow the system to perpetuate violence, allow young people to fall victims to the system and continuously harm the communities that they are going to be returning to.>>Some of the alternatives include wearing ankle monitors, sitting down with families to get parents involved and finding responsible adults to help with the children.>>We know kids who end up within the juvenile detention facilities — often have worse outcomes in terms of education and overall outcomes.>>For those advocating for alternative programs, help now could mean a better future for misguided kids.>>Impact that the system had on my own personal life, could have led me further into the justice system and possibly being there for the rest of my life. When I’m promoting alternatives, it is because there is a fundamental belief that young people are capable of change.>>According to the JDAI, kids who don’t have access to alternatives are less likely to graduate from college and get a job and more likely to end up back in detention facilities and in our court systems. JDAI was founded over 20 years. 2014 progress report stated that they are now able to reach over one fourth of the total U.S. youth population.>>”Cronkite News” reporter Jennifer Soules went to the airport to see one make its first public appearance.>>Department of public safety fleet of aircraft just got bigger. DPS acquired the new utility planes, M-28s, from the Air Force about three months ago.>>Both of them have less than 200 hours, or 250 hours of flight time. They’re brand new. The fact that the Air Force changed to a different category type aircraft to serve this particular mission is what freed these two aircraft up.>>New planes, sky trucks, will have to go through final checks before being certified. The sky trucks will then be used on any variety of missions, transporting swat teams like this one, fighting fires, and evacuating residents. DPS got this aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, second one of this kind and it can carry up to 18 people and all of their equipment. It’s good under pressure, too. Sky truck can land and take off with nearly half of the amount of space other passenger aircraft need.>>This airplane, fully loaded, can take off in less than 800 feet. That’s incredible.>>If Arizona taxpayers are wondering, the planes were free. DPS acquired them after making the case that Arizona had the most need for the aircraft. In Phoenix, Jennifer Soules, “Cronkite News.”>>Two new utility additions join a fleet of five helicopters, two transport planes and single engine –>>County attorney office working on a two month investigation to make Halloween safer for trick-or-treaters. They were looking to locate 200 unregistered sex offenders and make sure those registered were not passing out candy. Julia Thatcher found out that this effort is not just seasonal.>>Told me while they target specific areas of concerns such as Halloween, the work doesn’t stop there. They are working around the clock all year to track down people trying to trick the system.>>It is a class four felony, not reregistering as a sex offender after moving within the state or over state lines. But a number of departments in Arizona are searching for unregistered offenders looking to crack down on those who think they can slip past the law.>>Everyday, everyday deputies and task force officers come to work and that is what they do.>>Most of the ones out there and about, they know they’re wanted, continue to commit crimes in the communities.>>Reregistering is an area of concern for officers. Sexual assault victims –>>Most victims are sexually abused by someone they know very well. Random sex offender not registering, doesn’t really directly affect them personally. So, they’re more concerned about the community at large.>>A great deal of effort goes into making an operation like this work. The U.S. Marshal services works with 25 different departments, state, federal and local agencies. The agencies include the Maricopa County sheriff’s office and county attorney’s office. The question is why would these offenders not reregister knowing they would be caught?>>They might think that it is a way of getting out of the restrictions that often go with registration and supervision.>>Those restrictions include where they can live, and what kind of jobs they can hold.>>The U.S. Marshal’s office said if anyone has any areas of concern or wants to contribute ideas on how to locate and register sex offenders, directed to USMarshals.gov.>>Thank you for joining us for this “Cronkite News” legal special. For top Arizona stories any time, go to CronkiteNews.AZPBS.org. Captioning Performed by LNS Captioning www.lnscaptioning.com

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